Top Batters, Pitchers, Who to Watch, and Notable Injuries
Rafael Devers (BOS)
- With Boston fighting for a wild card spot in the AL, Devers is doing everything he can to keep the Sox afloat with the pitching suffering from inconsistency and injuries. This past week, Devers made some history becoming one of the few players in MLB history to surpass 100 RBI in a season before their 23rd birthday. Devers batted an absurd .593 with three HR and eleven RBI. Devers will be in the AL MVP conversation throughout the rest of the season.
Gleyber Torres (NYY)
- The Yankees are the class of the AL East and Torres is now one of the faces of the franchise leading forward. The versatile second baseman batted .323 this past week with six HR and eleven RBI with most of the damage coming against the Baltimore Orioles (cue Gary Thorne’s call “Get that guy outta there!”). The Yankees have World Series ambitions this year and hope to have everyone healthy in time for the postseason.
Nick Ahmed (ARI)
- The career season for the 29 year-old continues. With the Diamondbacks middling in the NL West, Ahmed is one of the focal points of the offense and came through with a big week batting .423 with four HR and eleven RBI. There is not much to be excited for in Arizona as the franchise looks like it is transitioning into a rebuild soon.
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José Quintana (CHC)
- Quintana seems to have finally found his footing with the Cubs after last year’s trade from the Chicago White Sox. This past week, Qunitana tossed thirteen innings and got the win in one of his starts. José struck out an impressive twenty-one batters and crafted a 0.69 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. The left-hander now has a sub 4.00 ERA for the season and will look to finish the season strong.
Zack Grienke (HOU)
- When the Astros traded for Grienke, MLB twitter crowned them the World Series champions as their roster is the best in baseball. The 35 year-old has been solid so far with the Astros tossing thirteen innings and getting the win in both of his starts. Grienke punched out twelve batters and crafted a 2.08 ERA and 1.23 WHIP this past week. Once Grinke gets more comfortable pitching in the AL, watch out.
Jake Flaherty (STL)
- With the NL Central up for grabs for seemingly the entire season, the Cardinals are looking to string a few wins together to build a lead atop the division. Young right-hander Flaherty has done his part this season as the 23 year-old pitched twelve innings and got the win in both of his starts. Flaherty managed to fool twelve batters this past week and crafted a 0.75 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. With Flaherty as an established arm, the Cardinals may have found their future ace.
Players to Watch This Week
Mike Montgomery (CHC)
Montgomery has been hot recently carrying a 2.30 ERA in his last 27and ⅓ innings of work for the Kansas City Royals.
Fantasy Advice: Montgomery is a dual SP,RP but be warned he does pitch for the lowly Royals. Montgomery is owned in 16% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Dillon Peters (LAA)
The 26 year-old left hander has pitched thirty-seven and ⅓ innings this year with a record of 3-1 and a K/BB ratio of 33/9.
Fantasy Advice: Peters’ last two starts have been extremely good and will look to carry that momentum for the rest of the season. Peters is only owned in 13% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Willi Calhoun (TEX)
With Gallo missing some time, Calhoun has stepped in and provided some solid offence for the Rangers. However, he is more of a DH type of player as his defense is just not at the MLB level.
Fantasy Advice: For the season, Calhoun is batting .274 with eleven HR and twenty-seven RBI in forty-three games. Calhoun is only owned in 13% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
|Gerrit Cole (HOU)||Right Hamstring Discomfort||Likely August 22|
|Ender Inciarte (ATL)||Grade 2 Right Hamstring Strain||Possibly 2019|
|Robbie Ray (ARI)||Lower Back Spasms||TBD|
|Jeff McNeil (NYM)||Mild Left Hamstring Strain||Possibly late August|
|Sean Doolittle (WAS)||Right Knee Tendinitis||TBD|
|Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)||Stress Reaction in Lower Back||Likely 2020|
|Jake Arrieta (PHI)||Bone Spur in Right Elbow||2020|
|Avisail Garcia (TB)||Right Oblique Strain||Possibly late August|